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The Wicked Thorn is FREE!

 

I have been extremely busy writing my first comic book novel, Wave, helping my sons’ with their comic book novels and finally starting on the next book in this series, The Wicked Shadow!

I am happy to offer The Wicked Thorn for FREE over the next five days and I hope those who haven’t read it yet, enjoy this new story I have written. It’s a completely different genre from my usual paranormal romance, but I loved writing every minute of it.

Enjoy! Like! Share!

 

~Shannon

 

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The Wicked Thorn is Released!

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Well, it has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but The Wicked Thorn has been released!

This book has put me through the wringer. I had so much fun writing it, but I was also plagued with anxiety and insecurity.

I have no idea if anyone is going to like it, but I am finally getting past that worry because I actually love it and I can’t wait to write more in this genre.

Although, honestly, I’ve kind of made this genre up.

Is it first and foremost a love story? Yes!

Is it a crime romance? Sort of.

Is it a contemporary romance with crime and vigilante justice? Yes.

Do I hope that you love it as much as I do? Yes!

 

Official Blurb:

*The Wicked Thorn Strikes Again*

*A Thorn in the Mayor’s Side?*

*The Wicked Thorn Saves Family from Burning Building*

*New Task Force Assembled to Catch Boston’s Wicked Vigilante*

The headlines were screaming and the city was reeling from the appearance of a new vigilante in town!

Boston was ripe with corruption and criminal activity after the economic downturn. The police, though, had a new threat as the rise of a vigilante, nicknamed The Wicked Thorn, threatened to undermine their entire department. The masked hero was quickly gaining admirers, but could he truly save his beloved city from crime?

Bry McKenna is a best-selling young adult author that seemingly has is all going for her at such a young age. Her fans see her as a fresh voice in this genre, but in private, she is struggling to break free from her family’s overprotective, watchful eye and become more independent. As she spreads her wings, she not only finds her voice, but she also meets an intriguing, charming new man.

As her life crosses paths with The Wicked Thorn, and she becomes more entangled with vigilante justice than she ever dreamed of, will she be able to accept him and his life, or will she walk away before she in too deep?

Join Bry as she enters this foreign and violent reality. A world where vigilantes are real and the need to protect those they love are even more passionate than she could have ever imagined.

*The Wicked Thorn is intended for mature readers.*

*This book contains violence and sexual scenes not intended for a young audience.*

 

~Shannon

 

Writing a Stand Alone Novel vs. a Series

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“Learning never exhausts the mind.” -Leonardo da Vinci

 

I have written thirteen books and one cookbook.

Not bad, right?

Interestingly enough though, The Wicked Thorn is proving to be quite a challenge and also a great joy.

It truly feels like I am starting over again in many ways. I am not writing a series, where I can tease certain things, and slowly reveal major revelations over three, four or six books. No, I have just one shot to make sure everything I want to say and write is wrapped up in a large, shiny, package.

Writing a stand alone novel is difficult. I have always had the opportunity to gradually introduce my characters and plot, but this is quite different. I keep second guessing myself on certain scenes, like whether or not this should go in or that should be introduced. It is simply something I have never had to ponder over before and it’s definitely playing with my head a bit.

I enjoy fast paced novels and I always have tried to stick to that preference when I write, but this book is not a story I can rush. I find that I enjoy writing more in depth scenes and dialogue (Although honestly dialogue has never been a problem for me).

I am also tackling my nemesis…the action scene.

Where it was once a groan inducing part of my job and I just have to get this over with, I now am taking my time because it is such a huge part of the story. I have to admit that I have been reading comics and graphic novels to get a feel for the genre. Thankfully my boys have an endless supply of material and knowledge.

I also have to keep repeating my mantra that you must always write for yourself and not for profit, or commercial glory. I have no idea if anyone is going to want to read about a vigilante and how he tries to, not only save his city from crime, but also as he attempts to have a relationship.

My heroine is different as well. She is young and a tad naive, but I am slowly getting to know her steel spine as I write her character. How is she going to handle not only falling in love for the first time, but also finding out her new love lied to her and is a vigilante?

And I have to start and finish their story in one novel.

I’m almost halfway through writing the book and I’m beginning to feel more comfortable, and more confident, but self-doubt can be hard to overcome.

This is a learning experience for me and I have to say that I am loving every minute of it! I will talk more about this book and the others that are going to follow, the further I go along.

I hope and pray that my loyal readers are ready for this change because I know that I am embracing this whole new and exciting chapter!

 

~Shannon

 

 

Summer Update

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It’s summer! The air is thick and the vegetation is lush down here in the heart of Dixie. Summer is the time when I miss my home state of Maine the most. I think of the warm, picturesque scenery almost every time I step outside in the saturating, oppressive muggy heat of South Carolina.

I miss the cooling waters of my lake and hiking in the shadows of mountains for a refreshing nature walk. I think of the ice cream stands that are only open in the summer and almost every town has one where all the locals flock to as the temperatures rise.

I no longer see fresh produce stands on the side of the road and I am forced to contend with the overcrowded farmers’ market on Saturdays. I remember when I was a kid, we used to make the trek a few miles down the road at least twice a week to a rustic stand where the vegetables and fresh corn were displayed neatly. There was never anyone manning the stand. There was just an old tin box where you left your money for your purchases. No one ever thought to leave any less than you owed or take any more than you paid for.

In a perfect world, I would spend my summers in Maine and leave before the weather cooled to come back to South Carolina, but right now I am content that I at least have a nice, big pool in my backyard to enjoy.

I am beyond happy to say that I have finished the final book in The Hidden Realm Series.  This book was a bit of a struggle for me. I’m not sure if it’s because I was exhausted or if it’s because I was sad to say goodbye to these characters that have been a part of me for a while now.

Surrendered Moon picks right up where Awakened Moon left off and I have to say that I laughed, and cried, as I wrote the rough draft. Maximus and Marianna were a fun couple to create. Yes, Maximus is scarred by his two hundred years of torture, but Marianna almost distracts him with her bright outlook and bossy ways.

I’m hoping to release the book by the end of July and then I am going to start on a project that is…a bit different. I think it’s either going to crash and burn, or be something really special.

More on that later…

For now, I hope that you all take time to enjoy these lazy days of summer. This is one of my favorite passages about this time of year.

“Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.”
—Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 

~Shannon